Mumbai: All India Cricket Association of Deaf affiliate, the Maharashtra Deaf Cricket Federation (MDCF) has announced the National T20 Cricket Tournament for the Deaf 2013. The event has been planned from 30th April to 4th May 2013 and will be conducted at Police Gymkhana, Islam Gymkhana and Purandare Stadium in Mumbai.
The participating teams are from Maharashtra, Haryana, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Gujarat, UP, Jharkhand, Uttaranchal, Tamil Nadu, Kerela, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and West Bengal.
“By means of these tournaments, we support Deaf cricketers in India who have immense cricketing potential as well as a promising future in cricket at various National and International level. By means of conducting such tournaments, we try to encourage deaf young sportsman to join with Deaf Cricket for local competition, National Deaf Cricket Tournaments and World Deaf Cricket Competition.” said Ranjit Bagwe, Joint secretary of Maharashtra Deaf Cricket Federation (MDCF).
The aims of MDCF is to foster and encourage deaf people’s participation and skill development in all forms of cricket partnership. They also continually advocate, educate, inform and support the mainstream cricket stricter to make it deaf friendly and capable of including deaf people within the structure. The federation also fosters relationships with the government and deaf and mainstream bodies to support.